On Thursday May 12th, 200-300 area high school and middle school students will descend on the Food What?! Farm at UCSC to harvest strawberries and make healthy smoothies, visit the food justice information station, transplant lettuce to take home to grow their own food, and so much more. While it’s sure to be hours of fun, there’s a serious message at the heart of the event: what is REAL FOOD and how it positively impacts youth and their community.

Using fun activities and the delicious red ripe organic strawberry, they will tackle some serious health and justice issues for teens. This event is created by “Food What?!” teens for Santa Cruz County middle and high school students.
This event, running for several years now, has accomplished two goals: one, building awareness around where food comes from and to have a positive farm experience; two, to learn about food justice and their personal health.

The Strawberry Blast is entirely student-run, from advance publicity to food preparation, development of interactive stations and building links to school curriculum. The Strawberry Blast is hosted by the “Food, What?!” Crew (a Project of Life Lab —a local non-profit organization) in partnership with the Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems at UCSC, the Santa Cruz City Schools’ Wellness Committee, and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.